Orange Cranberry Scones Recipe

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I bake these simple fruit-filled scones during the holidays or any time our children come home for a visit. We all agree there's nothing better for breakfast than these scones, spread with homemade cranberry-orange butter.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 342 calories, 26 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 69 mg cholesterol, 375 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a bowl, cream butter. Stir in cranberries, confectioners; sugar and orange peel; mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add cranberries. Stir in buttermilk just until moistened.
  3. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; gently knead 6-8 times. Divide in half. Pat each into an 8-in. circle. Cut into eight wedges. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake at 400° for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pans to wire racks. Serve warm with cranberry-orange butter. Yield: 16 scones.
Editor's Note: 3/4 cup dried cranberries may be substituted for the fresh or frozen cranberries.
Originally published as Cranberry Scones in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2000, p18

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Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

"To Norma Logan in review below. The first 4 ingredients are for the cranberry orange butter and you chill it to SPREAD ON THE SCONES after they are baked. Recipe should have said CRANBERRY ORANGE BUTTER instead of INGREDIENTS then put INGREDIENTS FOR SCONES BENEATH IT. Hope this helps. LynsIn"

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

"Fantastic, especially with the butter, I added extra orange zest to both"

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2012

"I do not understand this recipe after you put the 1st 4 ingd in the fridge where do they go in the next 7 ingd?????"

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